Stephen E. Mitchell
1020 E. Lafayette Street Suite. 115
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
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Why choose divorce mediation?

Mitchell Mediation: Family Law & Divorce Attorney in Tallahassee, FL

Alternative to High Cost Litigated Divorce

If you think your first step after deciding you are getting a divorce is to hire a divorce attorney, you may be committing to a cost of $15,000-$30,000 - the average cost of a litigated divorce with attorneys in the United States. Attorneys’ fees are the primary cost of a divorce. Divorce mediation avoids that cost and may allow a couple to obtain a divorce for less than the cost of just one attorney retainer. No retainer is required for divorce mediation.

You Have a Chance to be Heard

Divorce mediation is a conversation not a fight. In this critical time, the parties have often stopped communicating and are avoiding each other. A courtroom only makes this worse. Divorce mediation offers both the setting and support you need to be able to talk to each other – directly.

You Control the Outcome

Instead of a judge or attorneys making crucial decisions about your family, Divorce mediation allows you to keep control of what happens in your life and how important issues such as finances and your children will be decided. A solution both of you have participated in is much more likely to be followed without the need for enforcement.

You Save Time, Money and Emotional Strain

When the parties agree to work together, the cost in time, money and emotions is considerably less than in a contested divorce. A contested divorce can go on for months, or even years, depleting assets and interfering with the desire to get on with life. Divorce mediation, by contrast, helps achieve early and efficient closure, avoiding the blame, bitterness and damaged relationships that are the inevitable result of a court battle.

You Can Feel Proud about How You Handled Your Divorce

You can choose to handle your divorce differently – close the door gently rather than slam it shut. How will you and your children remember this time? With divorce mediation, your self-respect remains intact. Out of commitment to yourself and your family, you stayed at the table and worked out an agreement that makes sense to both of you.

Mediation is not just for divorce

Many issues that arise in the context of family life can result in disputes or the need for an agreement. Mediation can also be the choice for these matters as well. Whether the matter is establishing paternity with the rights and obligations that go along with it; pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements; or children deciding care options for elderly parents, mediation can provide a quicker, cheaper and less stressful way to resolve family problems. See What Issues are Covered for additional family issues appropriate for mediation.


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